5 Posh Activities You Can Actually Afford In Vienna
Vienna, Austria is known as one of the world’s most livable cities — and one of the most expensive. But that doesn’t mean you’re priced out of the best activities in the posh and polished place. It just means you need to know where to go to get your fill. Here are five activities that are friendly to your travel budget and desire to live the fancy Vienna life.
1. Visit the opera.
While tickets to the opera can be expensive, you can often nab standing room tickets for less than $10. Even better: During the summer, the Vienna State Opera House broadcasts the performances outside the theater with nearly 200 seats available for free. P.S. You can always go take a peek at the beautiful building even without a ticket to a performance and enjoy a guided tour of the building for about $15.
2. Have coffee and cake.
The cafe life is an institution in Vienna, going all the way back to the 1800s. You’ll want a nice large slice of cake to nibble on while you sip a coffee and marvel at the beautiful architecture inside the cafe. Landmark cafes like Cafe Schwarzenberg, Cafe Landtmann and Cafe Homburg put on piano concerts where the price of a ticket is just your cup of coffee and some cake. Win-win.
3. See Schonbrunn Palace.
You have to spend at least $20 to see the interior of Schonbrunn Palace, but the stunning gardens outside are completely free to wander and explore. So if you’ve used up your museum budget, take a stroll around the palace instead. The structure is still exceptional from the outside.
4. Wander the markets.
Vienna’s charming Naschmarkt offers more than your average farmers market produce. There are foods from all over the world here, all housed in pretty corridors of restaurants and food stalls. You can explore for free, but we think it’s worth spending a little to get a taste for the place.
5. Explore Vienna’s vineyards.
You can reach some of Vienna’s vineyards by public transit because the city is one of the few in the world to grow grapes and make wine right within city limits. The best time to visit is harvest season in the fall, but any day is a good day for a wine tasting.